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October 07, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.07.11

That Bell 206 in the East River may have had a rotor problem.
NIMBYs want "non-essential" helicopter flights banned.
And Australia grounds its Chinook fleet.

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TSA, JFK Apologize For Insensitivity

Cancer Patient Was Breast-Checked In Front Of Other Passengers

Officials in both the TSA and local security at JFK International are admitting proper procedures were not followed in the case of Lori Dorn. She had prosthetics implanted following a bilateral mastectomy in treatment for breast cancer, and was frisked in view of other passengers.

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Flight Cleared For Takeoff From Closed Runway

Second Time This Year At Pittsburgh International Airport

The FAA says it's looking into five incidents in which controllers cleared five planes, including three commercial flights, for takeoff from runway 28R at Pittsburgh International Airport last week. The problem is that the runway was closed due to lightning damage to the lighting.

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Qantas, Airbus Seal Biggest Order In Australian Aviation History

Firm Contract For 78 A320neo, 32 A320s

Qantas and Airbus have finalized a contract for 110 A320 Family aircraft, to help with the airline’s fleet renewal and expansion plans in the coming years. The firm order for 78 A320neo and 32 A320s is the largest single order in Australian aviation history by aircraft units and follows a commitment signed in August.

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USS Laboon, P-8A Conduct Tests At Sea

First Coordinated Tests With New Sub-Hunter Aircraft

On Sept. 15, the bridge watch team aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) watched as a P-8A Poseidon executed low level surveillance rigs at 500 feet with a speed of more than 300 knots. This was the first coordinated test evaluation and training conducted between a surface ship and the new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platform on the East Coast.

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NASA Selects Technology Payloads For Reduced-Gravity Flights

Nine Experiments To Fly On Suborbital Rockets And Zero-G Parabolic Aircraft

NASA has selected nine proposals to demonstrate new technologies for the second set of payloads to fly on commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles and the Zero-G commercial parabolic aircraft. NASA is using commercially available vehicles to carry these technology demonstration payloads to help develop the U.S. commercial reusable suborbital transportation industry.

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Frontier Airlines Receives IOSA Registration

Designation Granted For Meeting Quality, Safety, And Performance Standards

Frontier Airlines has successfully completed the International Air Transport Association's Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), which resulted in IOSA registration for the airline. IOSA sets aviation's global standard for quality, safety and operations performance.

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Mid-Canada Mod Center To Consolidate Facilities

New Location At Pearson International Puts All Operations Under One Roof

Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) says it will consolidate its various operations at Pearson International Airport (pictured) in Mississauga, Ontario later this month. The new facilities will be housed in the North End Business Aviation Section of the airport, and opening day is scheduled for October 31.

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Gulfstream Introduces PlaneBook App For iPad

Electronic Document Management System Now Available In App Store

Gulfstream recently introduced its PlaneBook app, an electronic document management system for iPad, available now in the Apple App Store. The software provides pilots easy and immediate access to critical flight information and aircraft-specific documents, such as the Airplane Flight Manual, Operating Manual, pilot checklist and the Quick Reference Handbook (QRH).

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Airbus Voted The Most Attractive Employer In France

Offers Long-Term Career Perspectives Worldwide

Airbus has been nominated the most attractive employer in France. The “Palmares Employeur 2011” prize was awarded to Airbus by RegionsJob, a leading French employment website. More than 9 000 web users, comprising people in work and job-seekers, evaluated the most attractive companies to work for in France, based on 25 criteria.  Airbus was ranked number one out of a list of nearly 1000 companies that were assessed from May to July 2011.

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UK Fundraiser Promoted Using Contest

'Salute to Bomber Command Banquet' Coming Nov. 8

Britain's Natural History Museum will host "The Salute to Bomber Command Banquet" on November 8, and in a unique promotion, members of the public are being invited to nominate their local RAF heroes to be among ten honored with free tickets. The event celebrates the building of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, and will serve as a fundraiser in support of its preservation.

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AD: Dowty Propellers (GE)

AD NUMBER: 2011-19-02

MANUFACTURER: Dowty Propellers Type R212/4-30-4/22 and R251/4-30-4/49 Propeller Assemblies

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AD: Airbus A300 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2011-20-09

MANUFACTURER: All Airbus A300 Model Airplanes

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Classic Aero-TV at NBAA 2010: David AND Goliath... Sikorsky Buys Into Eclipse

From NBAA 2010: Surprise Agreement Could Be Start Of BizJet Powerhouse Partnership

Uh... wow. That's the collective reaction we saw and experienced as Eclipse' Mason Holland stood up in front of god and everybody and announced that mighty Sikorsky Aircraft was buying into little ol' Eclipse. This is more than a fortuitous big company/little company pairing... as Eclipse, a company with untold potential in an increasingly cost-conscious industry, brings Sikorsky on board -- a company that knows how to tap potential like few others in the history of the Aerospace world. Yup... this is a very big deal.

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No Good Deed Ever Goes Unpunished: Taking On The Cirrus Fiasco, Part 1

You Have Enemies? Good. That Means You've Stood Up For Something, Sometime In Your Life -- Winston Churchill

News/Analysis/Observations by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell In a recent "Barnstorming" editorial, I decried the difficulties we have incurred in trying to obey what is possibly one of the most basic precepts of proper journalism… To tell the truth. And as previously noted, telling the truth tends to be a delight to those who want to hear it -- and anathema to those that don't. Among those that have proven to have great difficulties with the truth we've been trying to tell is the Chinese owned company currently known as Cirrus Aircraft. We have a complex story to tell, and at some point we may have the time and wherewithal to get into ALL the det

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NTSB Says New York Helo Pilot Reported A Problem At About 50 Feet

Interviews With NTSB And NYPD Are 'Consistent'

The NTSB has released a few more details as they get deeper into their investigation into an accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter which went down in New York's East River Tuesday. NTSB member Mark Rosekind briefed the media late in the afternoon Wednesday, saying that the pilot's interviews with board investigators and the NYPD were "consistent."

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Bolen Tells Lawmakers: Industry Supports NextGen, But Not User Fees

Remarks In Testimony Before The House Aviation Subcommittee Wednesday

In prepared remarks before a congressional hearing held Wednesday, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen emphasized the industry’s steadfast support for efforts to modernize the nation's system, while underscoring the industry's strong opposition to user fees as a method of funding the transformation. He called on lawmakers to support rapid deployment and approval of useful and cost effective new technologies, funded through the existing – and effective – fuel tax structure.

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ATA: EU Emissions Trading Scheme Violates International Law

Comments On EU Advocate General's Preliminary Opinion

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) issued a statement Wednesday in response to the preliminary opinion issued by the Advocate General in the European Court of Justice regarding the lawsuit challenging the unilateral application of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to international aviation (Case C-366/10 Air Transport Association).

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Cessna 525C Airplanes

Battery Fire Prompted The Quick Measure

The FAA has issued an emergency AD (2011-21-51) for Cessna 525 airplanes. The action was prompted by a report of a battery fire that resulted after an energized ground power unit was connected to one of the affected airplanes equipped with a lithium-ion battery, Cessna part number (P/N) 9914788-1, as the main aircraft battery. This condition, if not corrected, could result in an aircraft fire.

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NY Helicopter Passengers Unfazed By Accident

But For NIMBYs And Pandering Politicians, The Sky Is Falling

The reaction to Tuesday's fatal helicopter accident at New York City's 34th Street Heliport has produced a fascinating range of reactions which appear to vary based on personal agendas. Those who can justify the expense of helicopter shuttle or tour flights keep the waterfront heliports busy in New York, but those who live or work along the rivers aren't so appreciative of the benefits of helicopters.

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Klyde Morris 10.07.11

Don't Clutter The Issue With A Lot Of Facts ....

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.07.11)

"After takeoff, at about 50 feet above ground and about 45 degrees into a turn is when the pilot reported a problem." Source: NTSB Member Mark Rosekind.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.07.11): Ultralight-Like Vehicle

A vehicle that is similar to an ultralight but does not meet the definition or requirements of § 103.1.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.07.11)

Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA)

The ALEA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support, promote and advance the safe and effective utilization of aircraft by governmental agencies in support of public safety missions.

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